I’ve always wanted to go to Morocco, I just didn’t think I’d go this soon! Luckily, my friend suggested it as a last minute trip, and I thought why not, JUST DO IT!
I’m going to share my highlights of my trip in Morocco and things to do in Fès for three days. It was most definitely up there with the best holiday destinations I’ve visited. I can’t wait to return to visit another city of Morocco.
On the first day, we booked a three-hour walking tour of Fès with a local. I can’t recommend this enough – it really helped that our tour guide showed us the ins and outs of the Old Town (which is VERY complicated). We then used the tour as a checkpoint and decided for or against returning to some of the sights we had passed.
Bab Boujloud (Blue Gate) – Entrance to the Old Town
Random Woodwork Shops
If you have space in your suitcase, then be warned, you will be temped to buy everything. Flying with Ryanair is extremely limiting in terms of suitcase space, and so I wasn’t able to take anything heavy home. Fès is well known for it’s crafts and hand work, and this is evident very quickly.
Souks District and Chouara Tannery
During the 3 hour tour on our first day, we were taken to the roof of a building from where we could see a tannery. Our tour guide explained how leather is made, and we were able to smell the strong stench of drying skin! The tannery we can see here is a smaller one, but there is also a larger one not far from here.
Also during the tour, we were taken to a factory where Moroccan silk and cotton were being loomed into scarfs and various other items of clothing. I did end up buying a silk/cotton mix scarf that is EXTREMELY soft and also very pretty. Needless to say, I couldn’t decide on a colour!
Butter and Honey Market
Mint tea – ANYWHERE
Mint tea. What more can I say. Absolutely delicious! We probably drank mint tea more than once a day …
Live Gnawa Music
After hearing Gnawa music once, we were hooked and had to find somewhere that played live music. We found this restaurant where they played live music from about 5pm onwards and so we decided to order some food whilst enjoying the sounds!
Aben Danan Synagogue on Rue Temara
The Royal Palace
This palace isn’t open to the public but you can go close enough and take some pictures of the fascinating patterns on the huge doors.
Seeing as suitcase space is limited, what better way than filling it with small leather goods – which, by the way, I did! These small cow leather wallets were just about 30 dirham (less than £3). Such a great gift for a friend or family member.
Nejjarine Museum of Wood Arts & Crafts
We JUST about made it into this museum the day that we visited. We left it a bit late, and didn’t realise the closing time was at 5pm. Luckily we were allowed in 5 mins before closing and managed to get some photos and sit on the rooftop – where the view is stunning. Oh, and if you’re a student, be sure to ask for the student entry price.
University of Qarawiyyin (oldest university in the world and founded by a woman named Fatima al-Fihri)
The al-Qarawiyyin mosque, a religious school / college was founded by Fatima al-Fihri in 859 with an associated school, or madrasa, which subsequently became one of the leading spiritual and educational centers of the historic Muslim world. It is the oldest existing, continually operating and the first degree awarding educational institution in the world according to UNESCO and Guinness World Records.
It really is amazing to see, and fascinating that no-one tells us such facts when learning about the history of education.
This structure lies within the university complex, and is only open to Muslims. It is absolutely beautiful inside, and a real pleasure to visit. It holds thousands of worshipers and also contains a library.
Moroccan Food (ANYWHERE)
Tagine. Orange Juice. Lemon Juice. Salads.
Moroccan food is heaven to my taste buds.
Has anyone else been to Fès? Are there any places that I missed out?
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